About the Specialty Crop
Farm Bill Alliance

The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance is a national coalition of more than 120 organizations representing growers of fruits, vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, nursery plants and other products. The alliance was established to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crop agriculture and improve the health of Americans by broadening the scope of U.S. agricultural public policy.

Click here for a list of organizations in the Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance.

The Alliance successfully advocated for a 2008 Farm Bill that for the first time made a strong investment in specialty crops. The bill included provisions that would help the U.S. specialty crop industry compete and grow in domestic and global markets. It assisted specialty crop producers by:

As Congress begins to debate the next farm bill, the coalition has submitted a comprehensive package of policy and program proposals to the U.S. Senate and House agriculture committees. Given the difficult economic and budget picture, no new programs were suggested; however, the alliance has recommended refining and enhancing some existing programs that were established in the last farm bill.

Programs for a healthier America

Farm Bill programs can help consumers reach USDA’s new dietary guidance and foster a healthier America. Specialty crops – especially fruits and vegetables — play an increasingly important role in the federal government’s dietary guidelines for Americans. The great majority of consumers don’t meet those goals, and that’s particularly true for lower income Americans. Farm bill programs – in areas such as marketing, research and nutrition – can help address this dietary gap while at the same time fighting obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other national health priorities.

No direct payments to specialty crop producers

None of our recommendations contain direct payments, such as price or income supports. Specialty crop producers do not want them – they would distort the specialty crops market, can have trade implications and foster inefficiency. Instead, we ask Congress to thoughtfully consider our recommendations for making the specialty crop industry more competitive and our products more accessible for consumers here and around the world.